The Anti-Cancer Benefits of Curcumin
Along with ginger and garlic, curcumin is one of my favorite herbs to prevent and even treat health problems naturally.
This potent herb does not only have potent anti-inflammatory properties, which in at by itself is worth taking, but it also has anti-cancer abilities.
I am not exaggerating.
Now, to be clear, I am not saying just taking curcumin that will cure cancer. It’s not that simple.
But taking ample amounts of this botanical should be part of any anti-cancer arsenal.
That is why when I formulated ImmunoPCTN, it was a no-brainer to add ample amounts of curcumin to the formula.
What is Curcumin
Curcumin is a component in the Indian spice turmeric, and it’s a cousin of ginger – another highly protective herb. Curcumin causes the yellow color in your curry dish. Tumeric is a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). Turmeric’s other two curcuminoids are desmethoxycurcumin and bis-desmethoxycurcumin. Ideally, when consuming curcuminoids, you would want all three health-promoting curcuminoids: curcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin, and dimethoxy curcumin. I know, it’s getting a little technical, but the bottom line is to get enough of this yellow staining compound from spicing your food and from supplementation.
There are over three hundred research papers suggesting curcumin’s protective effects against prostate cancer and more than to four thousand scientific documents showing its inhibitory results against almost all cancer.
While curcumin can be consumed in food, I recommend have my patients take additional curcumin daily from dietary supplements.
How curcumin protects Prostate cells
Chronic inflammation can cause all kinds of health problems in men from heart disease to certain cancers. Regarding prostate cancer, however, chronic inflammation elevates PSA in the prostate gland, which can build up and eventually leads to tumor formation. A clinical trial examined the effect of curcumin on men and showed a drop in PSA numbers.
Curcumin does not falsely lower PSA. In other words, prostate cancer is not hidden while PSA lowers when taking this herg.
How Curcumin protects against prostate cells
Curcumin protects prostate cells (and breast cells) by slowing down the overproduction of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines.
A particular molecule in the body that promotes cytokine production is Nuclear Kappa Factor –b (NFkB). This ancient yellow spice has shown to inhibit progression of excess prostate cell replication by interrupting the action of NFkB in mice.
Curcumin is an excellent herb to take during radiation therapy for cancer.
That’s right. Curcumin actually helps destroy cancer cells during radiation treatment. This is a big deal because virtually all radiation oncologists would recommend against taking supplements during radiation treatment. This recommendation is based on the flawed theory that anti-oxidant supplements are taken during radiation treatment, it may protect cancer cells from the radiation treatment.
But now we know that curcumin makes cancer cells more radiosensitive to radiation therapy. Indeed, taking curcumin can help cancer cells be more vulnerable to radiation therapy.
Lastly, Curcumin has shown to stop spreading of aberrant prostate cells in the body.
The Takeaway on Curcumin and Prostate cells
Here’s the bottom line: spices of all kinds should be consumed daily with food. The scientific community now realizes that the best pharmacy is indeed in the kitchen. Rosemary, Oregano, garlic, turmeric all have anti-cancer properties.
Smart and judicious use of dietary supplements should be an essential part of any health routine if the interest is in preventing or slowing the development of abnormal prostate and breast cells.
Optimal amounts ranges of curcumin vary from 400mg to 4000mg a day. Science daily has suggested up 8 grams a day (8000mg) is safe. Typically, the more aggressive the health challenge, the more curcumin should be consumed.
I consume about 1000 to 2000 mg curcumin from this formula for maximal protection, reduce soreness from workouts and for prostate health. And you should too.